Starting January 1, 2016, Texans will be able to legally carry their handguns in a holster openly anywhere they could carry concealed in accordance with House Bill 910. Individuals who obtain a License to Carry (LTC) or have a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) will be able to carry their weapon in plain view, when properly secured in a belt or shoulder holster.
The City of Dallas has trained all 311 and 911 call takers on the new laws and regulations to ensure they are able to answer concerned citizen’s questions. Dallas Police Officers are receiving training on the new laws so when they are in effect they will be aware of what is legal and what a violation is under the new open carry law.
The City of Dallas wants to ensure all residents understand the new law and know when to call 911. Citizens are urged to call 911 only when encountering a person who is in clear violation of House Bill 910. Violations can include the removal of the gun from a secured holster, when a gun holder seems intoxicated and when the gun holder is obviously committing a crime or acting in a reckless or suspicious manner.
This new law does not mean LTC holders will be able to openly carry anywhere. Holders are prohibited from carrying in certain locations such as worship centers, amusement parks, and governmental meetings subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act. Handguns will not be allowed at high school, collegiate or professional sporting events or interscholastic events at the Dallas Convention Center and the Cotton Bowl.
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